[Ohio-talk] Hearing of Blind People was RE: interesting information

James Fetter jtfetter at yahoo.com
Wed Oct 28 13:32:38 UTC 2015


Based on the research that has been done, it appears that those who were 
born blind or went blind sufficiently early in life were able to rewire, 
as it were, portions of their visual cortex to process sounds. I have no 
idea what specific impact this may have on one's ability to hear as 
such; at most, I would think that it would allow one to construct a 
better mental map of one's surroundings based on sound alone. It may or 
may not also have something to do with having perfect pitch; I was born 
blind and do have perfect pitch, but I have no idea whether or not this 
is typical.


On 10/28/2015 9:19 AM, Robert Spangler via Ohio-talk wrote:
> I use that statement because I don't want sighted people thinking that, by
> some supernatural power, we have this amazing level of hearing.  Sorry to be
> blunt but people are just that silly.  I really do wonder, though, if our
> hearing is different due to natural brain activity.
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ohio-talk [mailto:ohio-talk-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Walter
> Mitchell via Ohio-talk
> Sent: Wednesday, October 28, 2015 8:31 AM
> To: 'NFB of Ohio Announcement and Discussion List' <ohio-talk at nfbnet.org>
> Cc: Walter Mitchell <wmitch at zoomtown.com>
> Subject: Re: [Ohio-talk] Hearing of Blind People was RE: interesting
> information
>
> I feel that your observation is on point. I hear that statement on a regular
> basis, and I never thought to answer with my hearing is more skilled than
> their's. The more I think about it, the more sense that makes.
>
> Much Love,
> Walter
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ohio-talk [mailto:ohio-talk-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Robert
> Spangler via Ohio-talk
> Sent: Tuesday, October 27, 2015 10:14 PM
> To: 'NFB of Ohio Announcement and Discussion List'
> Cc: Robert Spangler
> Subject: [Ohio-talk] Hearing of Blind People was RE: interesting information
>
> The article also mentioned that a blind person's ability to hear and other
> senses I'd imagine as well are actually better due to the brain remapping
> parts used for vision to those other senses.
>
> I'm not disputing this but I'm tired of sighted people thinking that I have
> some superman hearing.  I'm sure you've all heard a sentence like, "I've
> heard that when you're blind...." and you can finish it with "Yeah yeah, our
> senses are better."
>
> I always explain that my hearing isn't necessarily better; rather, I've been
> trained to use my hearing along with my other senses instead of using my
> eyes.  So, of course, they will be better in that case.  When we cross
> streets, we pay more attention to auditory information; thus, our hearing is
> more skilled than that of a sighted person.
>
> What do you guys think?
>
> Robby
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ohio-talk [mailto:ohio-talk-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Walter
> Mitchell via Ohio-talk
> Sent: Tuesday, October 27, 2015 5:19 PM
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> Cc: Walter Mitchell <wmitch at zoomtown.com>
> Subject: Re: [Ohio-talk] interesting information
>
> I totally agree. It was funny to me to realize that people would think that
> just because people are blind, that they could not recognize the cultural
> differences people naturally possess. I am not always correct, but I can
> talk to someone and figure out their ethnicity from their dialect as well
> use of the English language. Please don't confuse this process with
> steriotyping, but that is the method that I use. If someone have a better
> method, please chime in, I'm interested in knowing.
>
>
> Much Love,
> Walter Mitchell
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ohio-talk [mailto:ohio-talk-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Marianne
> Denning via Ohio-talk
> Sent: Tuesday, October 27, 2015 2:58 PM
> To: NFB of Ohio Announcement and Discussion List
> Cc: Marianne Denning
> Subject: Re: [Ohio-talk] interesting information
>
> Walter, I thought the one about race was humorous.  It is so stupid to think
> that blind people are color blind.
> We are no different than the society that raises us.
> On 10/27/15, Walter Mitchell via Ohio-talk <ohio-talk at nfbnet.org> wrote:
>> Hi Marianne,
>>
>> I read the articles and they were interesting. The articles that I
>> found most interesting and entertaining was the ones about deja vue,
>> race and the one about the mice detecting there surroundings.
>>
>> Thank you for the link.
>>
>> Much Love,
>> Walter Mitchell
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Ohio-talk [mailto:ohio-talk-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of
>> Marianne Denning via Ohio-talk
>> Sent: Tuesday, October 27, 2015 8:41 AM
>> To: NFB of Ohio Announcement and Discussion List
>> Cc: Marianne Denning
>> Subject: [Ohio-talk] interesting information
>>
>> I thought I would share this article about research on blindness in
>> all kinds of situations.  I would like to know people's comments.
>>
>> http://listverse.com/2015/10/25/10-fascinating-insights-into-the-world
>> -of-bl
>> indness/
>>
>> --
>> Marianne Denning, TVI, MA
>> Teacher of students who are blind or visually impaired
>> (513) 607-6053
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> --
> Marianne Denning, TVI, MA
> Teacher of students who are blind or visually impaired
> (513) 607-6053
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